Sangria Cures All

18 Apr

Oh Sunday, I always really enjoy you, and I deeply, deeply hate seeing you go. Your departure means one thing: Monday (and back to reality).

How do I fight reality?  With Saturday night post-carwashing sangria:

And Mother-in-law’s Baked Ziti:

After dinner, we met up with an old co-worker of mine and her husband at Culhane’s Irish Pub for drinks.  Culhane’s is actually going to be featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives sometime early this summer!  I had a “The Cranberries” martini.  The menu touted that the mix of vanilla vodka and cranberry juice tasted like  cheesecake, and I was astounded at how much it actually did!

This morning we nursed our mini-hangovers with breakfast at IHOP with the in-laws, Brandon’s brother, and our two nieces, Sofia & Ella.   I haven’t eaten at IHOP in 5 or 6 years easily!  There was a girl walking around making balloon animals for the kids, and Miss Sofia got herself a butterfly:

And I got myself some whole wheat french toast, turkey bacon, and scrambled Egg Beaters:

See that huge chunk o’ butter?  Yeah, I didn’t even use it.  But I did use some Butter Pecan Syrup.  I could drink that stuff!

In all our gluttonous glory, Bran and I curled up with the dogs for a short nap.  Then we hit the beach.

I ran, and Brandon kayaked.  I forgot how hard it is to run on a softer surface.  While the beach here in Jacksonville is packed a lot harder than down in Melbourne, it was still difficult.  I eked out 3 miles somehow.  My legs still feel like Jell-O!  Mmm.  Jell-O.  Oh, how easily side-tracked I am!

Anyways, my point is this:  I want to run the Tour de Pain in August. Its 3 races in 24 hours.  It starts Friday PM with a 4 mile beach run.  Saturday AM there’s a 5k.  And Saturday afternoon? A mile sizzler.  I really need to get used to running on the beach if I have any hope of survival.  I do realize that running something called the “Tour de Pain” does make me sound a little unstable.  So with that said, anyone want to do it with me?  AshleeAshleyDawnSonja?  Hmmm? Bueller?

Since father-in-law flies out every Sunday night, we typically have a late lunch/early dinner around 4pm.  After my “tough” run at the beach, I was craving beer.  And Brandon?  He was too (he always is though).  I had the Shock Top with an orange, and he had a Dos Equis with a lime:

If it would’ve been Dos Equis Amber with a lime, I would’ve been all over it. And my love for Bratwurst was fulfilled:

Along with some wonderful Asian slaw, grilled asparagus with olive oil and kosher salt, and DORITOS.  If you don’t like Doritos, there is something wrong with you.  There, I said it.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


13 Responses to “Sangria Cures All”

  1. Emilyeatsclean April 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Ohhh I’m having beach envy!! Baked ziti = YUM!!!!


  2. blndsnbrdr April 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    I hate Doritos…. I really do! And I probably do have something wrong with me…

    I can sometimes eat the Nacho Cheese or whatever they are, but I do not like Doritos. My husband loves them and I avoid his stank breath after eating them! 😉

    • mrsdevonk April 19, 2010 at 7:44 am #

      FREAK! JK.. I knew there’d be someone who didn’t like them 🙂

  3. Nicole April 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I love Doritos, too! But I’m a Cooler Ranch girl 🙂 I’ll eat any of them, though 🙂

    Running on sand is tough! I don’t know that I could make it 3 miles!

    The sangria looks amazing! I’m craving some now!

    • mrsdevonk April 19, 2010 at 7:44 am #

      My legs are STILL tired from the sand… its crazy!

  4. Ashley April 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    That is my favorite IHOP breakfast and I would love to do the tour de pain with you! My fiance and I are doing a 5K on May 15!

    • mrsdevonk April 19, 2010 at 7:44 am #

      I was actually kinda disappointed with the french toast… it was dry, but I didn’t want to completely drown it in syrup 😦

  5. Melanie April 19, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    I have always wanted to do the Tour De Pain. I might have to sign up this year.

    • mrsdevonk April 19, 2010 at 7:45 am #

      Yes, let’s do it! How’s the foot?

    • Melanie April 19, 2010 at 7:59 am #

      It still hurts ever onces in a while. I still haven’t run on it. I am waiting until May 1st and hopefully getting some new shoes before then.

  6. Sonja April 19, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    You know. I have never run on sand before? lol I contemplated doing this race last year but never did! I think I want to do the Never Quit Beach Fest Trident.

    and the house is in Mandarin! We looked around the WGV area before and the CDD fees are OUTRAGEOUS!! they made our nice payment about $400 more! no bueno.

    Your house is coming along nicely!! 🙂

  7. Dawn Hutchins April 19, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    Dinner looks like it was delish. Hmm…tour de pain….hmm…..I decided after the half marathon I did that I wasn’t a runner but maybe I’ll get a wild hair.

  8. Courtney F April 20, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    How I miss alcohol!!!

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